The families of missing people have been contacted by the police after a fragment of human bone was discovered at Lunan Bay.
It is understood that a member of the public found the bone while walking on Lunan Bay on Wednesday, and Police Scotland confirmed today that the fragment is human.
It is also understood that the process of identifying the fragment of bone will take some time.
Families with missing relatives in the local area are being contacted by the police, as well as those with missing loved ones outside of Angus.
Police officers were searching between Redcastle and Ethie Haven yesterday (Thursday), combing the sand dunes and the foreshore.
It is understood that no further remains were found and police officers did not return to the area today (Friday).
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that families of missing persons have been contacted after a fragment of human bone was recovered from Lunan Bay, Montrose.
“Enquiries are continuing.”
The police confirmed that the bone has been sent away for forensic examination.
Missing person cases still open in Angus include Lorraine McRae (51) from Montrose, who was last seen at Montrose Train Station in November 2014.
Arbroath man Ian Mowatt went missing from his home in North Grimsby in August 2007.
Last March, there was a search in Arbroath after reports that a woman was last seen at the cliffs.
However, as the fragment was found on the coastline there are no guarantees the bone found belongs to someone reported missing in the Angus area. It could have washed up from anywhere in the UK or as far as one of the Scandinavian countries.